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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010
NCES 2011-002
November 2010


Table 19.2.

Percentage of public schools that took a serious disciplinary action and number of serious actions taken, by type of offense: Various school years, 19992000 through 200708


  Percent of schools   Number of serious disciplinary actions
Type of offense 1999–2000 2003–04 2005–06 2007–08   1999–2000   2003–04   2005–06   2007–08  
                           
Total 54.0 45.7 48.0 46.4   1,162,600   655,700   830,700   767,900  
                           
Physical attacks or fights 35.4 32.0 31.5 31.5   332,500   273,500   323,900   271,800  
Insubordination 18.3 21.6 21.2 21.4   253,500   220,400   309,000   327,100  
Distribution, possession, or use of alcohol 9.2 10.2 9.8     25,500   30,100   28,400  
Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs 21.2 20.8 19.3     91,100   106,800   98,700  
Use or possession of a firearm or explosive device 3.9 4.5 2.8     9,900 ! 14,300   5,200  
Use or possession of a weapon other than a                          
firearm or explosive device1 16.8 19.3 15.3     35,400   46,600   36,800  
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 The questionnaire wording prior to 2005–06 was “use or possession of a weapon other than a firearm.”
NOTE: Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. Serious disciplinary actions include removals with no continuing services for at least the remainder of the school year, transfers to specialized schools for disciplinary reasons, and out-of-school suspensions lasting 5 or more days, but less than the remainder of the school year. Respondents were instructed to respond only for those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session, unless the survey specified otherwise. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Estimates of number of actions are rounded to the nearest 100.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2005–06, and 2007–08 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2008.
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